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  • 2013 - looking back

    By Molly Haines and John Whitlock/News-Herald Staff

    As we look back at the year 2013, its clear that many elements of life in Owen County will always stay the same. At the same time, the community is always looking for ways to improve itself while honoring and preserving its history.
    At the beginning of 2014, we take a moment to look back and remember where we have been.

  • IN HOT WATER: South Owen Fire Department

    After allegedly missing fire runs for months and falsifying reports to the state fire commission, the South Owen Fire Department may be no more.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the trouble with the department began approximately a year ago.
    “They just quit answering fire runs,” Keith said. “When that began, the Owen County (Volunteer Fire) Department began responding to that area, along with the Corinth Volunteer Fire Department for backup.”

  • One injured after being struck by vehicle

    A woman in her early 50s has been transported to Frankfort Regional Medical Center after reportedly sustaining injuries from being struck by an oncoming vehicle.

    
Pam Hawkins was crossing the intersection of Hwy. 127 S. and Hwy. 22 E. when she was struck by the vehicle.
    Owenton City Police Officer Steve Miller said the vehicle was driven by Stacy Hudnall.

    Hawkins sustained injuries to her right leg.

    The incident took place at approximately 3:50 p.m.


  • Grant Co. man killed in 127 N. accident

    A 32-year-old Grant County man was killed Aug. 12  in a single-vehicle accident in Owen County.
    Jarrod Richardson of Dry Ridge was traveling south near the 1200 block of U.S. Hwy. 127 North when he rounded a curve and struck an embankment, according to Public Affairs Officer Josh Lawson of Kentucky State Police Post 5 in Campbellsburg.
    Lawson said Richardson was ejected from the vehicle, which traveled about 200 feet off the road before coming to a stop. Richardson was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Program to add safe places for kids in need

    At least once during the course of each school year, an Owen County student will find themselves in a situation where they have no place to go, said Becky Mefford, Owen County’s Youth Services Center director.
    For youth facing scary situations, designated Safe Places throughout Owen County could help make them feel more secure, Mefford said. She hopes at least 10 will be in place here by the end of the 2015-16 school year.

  • iLead students explore local culture

    With iPhones in hand and book bags on their backs, students from Carrollton’s iLead Academy descended Friday on Owen County for a scavenger hunt with a purpose.
    The students, who come from Owen, Henry, Carroll, Trimble and Gallatin counties, roamed the sidewalks of downtown Owenton, visiting the county clerk’s office, the county courthouse, the history museum and more in an effort to learn about their communities.
    The academy students have spent the past couple of Fridays on scavenger hunts in the different communities.

  • Introducing ... New faces at upper and lower elementary schools

    Editor’s note: Over the next three weeks, The News-Herald will be introducing its readers to the Owen County School District’s new teachers, who kindly responded to our questionnaires. This week we begin with the Owen County Lower and Upper Elementary Schools:

    Blair Baldwin
    Hometown: Owenton
    Subject/grade(s) you’ll be teaching: Community Learning Center (CLC) afterschool director

  • Historical Society News, Aug. 26, 2015

    Most came from Virginia and the Carolinas, but long before they crossed the Appalachian Mountains into Kentucky, many of these hearty pioneers immigrated from England, Scotland, Ireland and Germany.
    Their possessions were limited, but their wealth lay in their heritage, which was embraced in stories, legends, folklore and sayings that had been passed down for generations.
    Like all areas of Kentucky, Owen County had its own unique colloquialisms, yet many old-time sayings were familiar from one end of the state to the other.

  • At the library - Aug. 26-Sept. 1

    September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Remember that a library card is the most important school supply of all. Snoopy is honorary chair for Library Card Sign-up Month 2015. Come see if you can find him at the library.
    This week’s suggestion for a mini-adventure in the library:  Adventure #6 – Chose a random CD, listen to it all the way through, write a critique. Got a kid and an hour? You have time for an adventure.

     
    Adult Exercise

  • In brief: Aug. 26, 2015

    Owen County Republicans to meet
    The Owen County Republican Party will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday. Those wishing to dine may arrive by 6:30 p.m. Results of the Aug. 22 vote of the Republican State Central Committee as to whether there will be a presidential caucus for Republicans and what that entails for our county party organization will be discussed. Some yard signs will be available.
    Movie to be held on courthouse lawn